Internship Wrap Up: Takeaways and Next Steps

My time with the Sierra Club has gone so quickly and it’s hard to believe it’s wrapping up in the next few weeks. Through my various meetings with Sierra Club staff and volunteers, independent projects, and legislative analysis, I have gained invaluable knowledge about environmental advocacy. One of my key takeaways is how extremely controversial…

New Skills and New Networks

Throughout my internship with the EPA, I have developed a few new skills with data collection and analysis. Namely, many of my projects involved the use of ArcGIS and data collection from sources such as the CDC. Before taking on this internship, I was familiar with ArcGIS, however, I never had to use it for…

Internship Reflections: Skills, Styles and Structure

As I’ve learned more about environmental policies in Pennsylvania, I’ve become more involved in the Sierra Club’s advocacy and education work. I have conducted extensive campaign finance research, including compiling information about major donors to environmental champions so that the Sierra Club can foster sustainable financial support for key legislators. To encourage grassroots engagement, I’ve…

Flexibility and Personality: Imperatives in the Working World

My internship, up to this point, has indicated that working for the federal government is not as intimidating as one might imagine. In fact, in my opinion, it is less intimidating than my experiences working for state and local governments because there is a wide support net to help when things go poorly. I was…

Endurance and the Environmental Movement

As I begin my fourth week of my environmental policy internship, I find myself excited and frustrated by what I have learned so far. The politics of passing legislation that protects our health and natural world are more complicated and slowed by red tape than I had imagined just a few short weeks ago. For…

From Local Advocacy to Federal Regulations

Hello! My name is Maureen Hartwell and I am a rising senior studying Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. I am originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I love to run, hike, and ski or just sit on Flagstaff Hill! During quarantine I have also developed my cooking and baking skills, so I love to make…

Day One at “The Coalition”

Hi, my name is Isabel Weir, and I am one the Fredrick Public Service Internship Award recipients for this summer! I am a rising senior studying Mathematics-Economics at Pitt, with a minor in German. Since the end of last year, I have been studying and doing work in the affordable housing field. While I had…

Starting A New Chapter At My Education Equity Internship

Hello! My name is Alysia Colon and I am a recipient of the Frederick Public Service Award. Although I’m from Hackensack, New Jersey, I have spent some time in Florida as well, and now I am taking on Pittsburgh! I am a rising junior majoring in Public Service, minoring in Sociology and Hispanic Culture and…

Embarking On My Environmental Policy Internship

Hi, everyone! My name is Caroline Weiss and I am a recipient of the Frederick Award this year. I’m from Lancaster, PA and missing Pittsburgh after a year at home! A rising senior at Pitt, I’m double majoring in Environmental Studies and Political Science as well as getting a certificate in Global Studies. Outside of…

Final Frederick Blog Post

My internship with the Sierra Club as a political intern has not had an official end, as I’m still volunteering with the political campaign I was working with, and will be with them until the election. I figured now is a good time as any to reflect on my internship experience. Having this experience over…